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Linux.com: Software from the Sky

Sep 13, 1999, 16:25 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Without rain and the precious water it provides, life would not last long. A single drop of rain by itself does not provide much nourishment. However, put together millions of raindrops and pretty soon you have a raging storm sweeping across the land."

"In the Linux storm washing across the Internet landscape, each of us is a drop of rain. Only together, does our might become apparent. Scenes from Slashdot, where thousands of Linux users flood out a web server have become commonplace."

"Where once existed a wasteland, a completely new community has sprung forth. Each time the Linux community gains another member, the more nourishment we can provide to the free software. We provide patches, documentation, support, training, and precious ideas on where to go next."

"It's quite wonderful to have no road map and yet have a sense of direction at the same time. Everyone solves the problems that matter most to them personally. They flow to where they need to be and it all seems to work amazingly well. It's not a stretch to say that for nearly any program imaginable you can go to freshmeat.net and find either the beginnings of a project to write such a program, or a complete program ready for download."

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